Audie Award Nominee, Inspirational Nonfiction, 2013
Pastor Mark Driscoll and his wife, Grace, talk about sex and marriage in down-to-earth terms, hitting issues other Christian books won't. While a wonderful wedding day is important, it's the last day of marriage that really counts. Will the last day of your marriage come prematurely through divorce? Will it be filled with regrets as you sit at the funeral of your spouse? Or, by God's grace, will the last day be a time to rejoice in the life you lived together? Pastor Mark Driscoll and his wife, Grace, want you to finish well on the last day. They share private and painful issues that damaged their own marriage - including his introduction to pornography in elementary school and her abuse as a teenager at the hands of a boyfriend - and how they overcame them to experience healing and joy with each other again. Together they tackle the tough issues, such as:
From fun date night tips to the most tricky "can we do that?" sex questions, Mark and Grace share practical help and hope with people just like them - who entered marriage a complete mess - or who are planning to be married someday and want to avoid some sticky pitfalls.
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Very helpful to our marriage. Helps you open up with your spouse on tough topics that you don't want to hurt feelings on. Just wish the reader didn't sound like such a joke. Made funny inflections with his voice that kinda had my husband and I rolling our eyes. But still worth the credit.
The Bible... everything Mark and Grace wrote about were based on Biblical principles.
I believe Mark & Grace wrote a home-run of a book about marriage but the narrator, more or less, ruined the book... I made it through the fourth chapter before I had to stop and go buy the book itself. The narrator sounds like he was simply reading words. The female narrator was good. Every time this guy said the word "Bible", I wanted to cringe.
I just can't emphasize enough that you do not want to listen to this narrator for 8 hours. Buy the book instead!
I always give a book at leas 3 hours before judging whether or not to finish it...I couldn't get through 30 minutes of this. The narrator/author has a condescending tone, picture the Reverend from the Simpsons with a higher pitch. I would've dealt with that, but I couldn't stand how "preachy" the book is. I don't need to hear what is or is not considered a sin in his book. I want to hear concrete ideas to help me improve my marriage. Too bad they didn't even offer me a refund for my 1 star rating so I could get something useful instead...
A different relationship book.
They need to provide a better description of the book.
Great book for couples who truly want to build a strong marriage. It is not enough to be a Christian and assume that your life and marriage are going to be flawless. Mark and Grace share their personal trials of the problems they encountered and how God brought them through it into a stronger marriage.
One of the better and more important titles.
This book had practical application and use for my marriage. The aspect of what friendship should look like in marriage, and the importance of being friends is the best point of the book.
It was excellent to hear both read, almost like a back and forth. The narration was excellent.
I love Driscoll's stuff, and if it weren't for his content, I would have shut it off early into the listening process. The male narrator's voice is way over the top and it sounds like he trying to
I have no issues with the content...it is great, although he spends just a tad too much time on the issue of friendship in marriage. I found his point well taken early on and he could have moved on a little quicker to the next topic.
He was awful.
Wasn't expecting to have his Christianity shoved down my throat. Especially turned off by the kind of mind that would spend so much time supposing people would buy the book to pry into his personal sexuality and bedroom. I don't believe I've ever opened a book with the goal of having the author give me details of his personal intimate life!
Men's Minister - Hardcore Christian Men
Im a fan of the Driscolls and have to say that this one was done well. My wife and I picked this up to see if it could improve out marriage, and the material provided is great. I can see this helping great relationships (and the almost divorced) to have a better relationship. Check it out!
This book has a nice, well rounded, collection of thoughts to get one to think correctly about marriage. Since I'm about to be married, I suppose time will be necessary to reveal it's helpfulness.
I read one review that said they hammered the "being friends" point too much, but it was only one chapter, which seems fitting to me. There is a healthy dose of statistics. It is refreshing that they clarify the statistic that there is no difference in the divorce rate between Christians and secular couples. They pointed out that that statistic included anyone who claimed to be Christian, not those who practice Christianity and go to church.
It has some interesting insights on what the Bible says or does not say about sex. They do go over the delicate topics, subject by subject. They're stance on what is permissible Biblically could be summed up, "anything goes so long as it's just between the husband and the wife".
This book is straight forward Christian marriage counseling from a couple who have made their marriage into a ministry to help others.
"Absolutedly brilliant, Praise the Lord!"
Wonderful book by Pastor Mark and Grace Driscoll on marriage, relationships and sex. A copy should be given to every engaged couple.
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